I just returned from my 5-day road trip beginning with a workshop in Stockton, CA, and ending with two classes at Friends Around the Block quilt shop in Colusa, CA. I taught Country Charmer and Cute as a Button in Colusa.
Cute as a Button was first up on Friday. There are lots of little 9-patch sections to this little quilt. It all begins with cutting strips......lots of strips.
There were many 9-patch blocks born during class.
Then they started coming together.
The classroom at Friends Around the Block is very large, and the lighting is wonderful.
Saturday, was Country Charmer day. Some of the girls worked on their Gold Rush blocks for my Romancing Alaska pattern, and some worked on the same block for Country Charmer. I include a block layout sheet for my patterns that have a lot of pieces. I call it the map to your success. You begin by laying all of the pieces on the sheet, then take the sheet next to your machine and start stitching.
Mary came into the shop to show me her Country Sunshine quilt. I taught this quilt in November in Colusa. The fabrics she used were very directional.....and she has everyone going in the correct direction. Well done!
My sister Gail was determined to get her Zinnie's Choice quilt together and into flimsy status.....and she did! She had all of the parts and pieces made, she just needed to stitch them together.
Great attention to detail. No "points" were lost in the making of this quilt.
Tomorrow I'm teaching an applique class at Quail's Nest in Sonora. This is the block that we are going to work on from my Party In The Garden pattern. If the class doesn't want to make the entire quilt, they can turn this block into a small wall hanging or a pillow just in time for summer.
It feels good to be home with my dog and husband. I think Mazey missed me the most. She just about turned herself inside out when I walked through the front door. Mr. Joe was a bit more reserved. If he jumped around as much as Mazey did, he would now be in traction.
P.S. All of the patterns that are featured in this post are located in my Etsy shop. Just click on the word ETSY toward the top of the blog post to enter my shop.